We Don’t Get To Vote

The article, “Analysis: Global Jewish Shuk,” in the Nov. 15 issue presents a real conundrum. In the seeking of religious rights, there are those who wish to sit where they want, pray where they want and dress the way they want. In so doing, they trample on the rights of those who want to sit,… Read More

Must-See Exhibit

I just visited the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and saw an exhibit of Iraqi Jewish artifacts (“Who Owns Iraq’s Jewish Past?” Sept. 6). The backstory is that American soldiers in 2003, after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime, found a cache of Jewish religious and communal papers and books in one of the flooded… Read More

No Strife. No Confusion.

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I told my husband we were bringing latkes to my family’s Thanksgiving dinner last week. “Why? They’re not Jewish. Do they even know what latkes are?” he asked me. I grew up in an interfaith family. It is all I know. Though it sounds like a series of awkward adventures to other people, to me,… Read More

The Impact Of Israel

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Assimilation. Apathy.  Absorption. Last month, in the release of the Pew Research Center’s study of U.S. Jews, a bleak picture was painted of what the American Jewish community will look like by the end of this generation. On the other hand, there were highly optimistic numbers in certain pockets of our faith as well, with… Read More

Assad, War Criminal

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On Monday, the U.N.’s human rights chief accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of war crimes in his two-year-long battle against opposition to his rule. Navi Pillay said a commission of inquiry “has produced massive evidence … [of] very serious crimes, war crimes, crimes against humanity” and that “the evidence indicates responsibility at the highest level… Read More

Respect Your Boomers

Last summer, a Jewish professional in Northern California named Michal Kohane appeared on the website eJewishPhilanthropy, where she bemoaned what she saw as the Jewish community’s excessive focus on young adults. In a cry from the desert, she asked why there was no longer any interest in the Jewish welfare of those over 40. In… Read More

Sick Kids

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Oh, the sounds of coughs and sniffles. The scent of regurgitated dinners and sour milk. It’s winter. And winter always means colds and flus and stomach viruses — no matter how many times I use Lysol on the handles (and even on the crevices of the bath and showers), no matter how much antibacterial I… Read More

Forgiveness

The themes of reunification and forgiveness are reflected in this week’s Haftorah and parsha. The Haftorah features the prophet Ezekiel following God’s instructions — taking two sticks and carving the names of the kingdoms of Ephraim and Judah on each and raising them together as one stick before the people. Ezekiel’s act, as commanded by… Read More

The Case Of The Stolen Bicycle

I loved my brand new 10-speed bike, a shiny black Diamondback. I would ride around after school and visit my friends. When school started, a new kid, Adam, would come over and ask me all kinds of questions about it. “Where did you get it?” he would ask. “Where can I get one?” Sometimes his… Read More

Beth El’s Satellite Program Is Perfect Fit

Anyone living in Carroll County who is interested in instilling Jewish values and providing an enriching Hebrew School experience to his or her children must consider Beth El’s satellite program at Westminster or Eldersburg (“In The Neighborhood,” June 14). My two children attend, and I can personally attest to the high quality of the program…. Read More